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. with money pouring in fro outside of the state, what is the role of thirdo party financing on races and campaigns this election? the stakes are high for ucation fundingu as the political battledi intensifies overco competing tax initiative 30 and 38. to label or not to label genetic processed food. this stateould be the first to require mandaty labeling.
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y plus, the works of enginee ard rickard. they shed l lht on communities not often seen. cominght up next. good evening. i'm belva davis, and welcome to this week in northern california. joining us is lisaif krueger, science reporter. and regional political reporter.
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and cory cook, political scientist. cory, let's start with you you teachyohis stuff, you study thea stuff. tell us, what are we seeing tha is so new this t year? >> i think the sheer amount of money we're talking about is new. you had in september alone both tt romney and president obama raised the most money individually than the two candidates spent in 2004 combined. on the presidential level, we're talking about 2 or 3 billion spent for a local election, magnitudes increase over previous years. >> give us the roots. >> a lot comes from outside roups. ourro new campaign finance syst encourages groups to spend money despite the campaigns. american crossroads is an organization started by car
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carl rove which allows them to runny tv commercials they want, but they also have a group gps, a nonrofit dedicated to social welfare, which means they don't even have to disclose where the money comes from. half a billion right now is just from organizations. >> part of the organization of finance reform was to prevent corruption and increase transpency. >> what's going on? >> there is americans for responsible leadership which poured money into the state campaign. their transparency is overnment, but when they p $11 million in the campaign ad, they don't disclose where they get their money from. m what we do is say if you give money to a candidate, you might be corrupting them. we need to cap that. in san francisco, give a
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$500 contribion. it's regulated, it must be disclosed because that's where we said corruption can come into the system. if you want to spend money on your own and not give it to a candidate, the supreme court, essentially beginning in 1994, said that's not corrupting the system. so you can spend as much as you can as long as it's not coordinated with a candidate. the result of that is we have these amazing ads that are run campaigns by the themselves but run with these groups with sort of odd names. >> but aren't these supposedly independent non-coordinated roups often have the same staff members who just worked in the campaign, sometimes working out of offices very proximate to the campaign? >> and sometimes o using campai footage that was just used by the campaign. so the line between whether it's coordinated or not is obviously a very gray one, but when the campaign is negative, the candidate can say, not only do i want to you take it off the air,
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it would be illegal to say that. i can't even tell my former staff to stop doing i because that would violate campaign finance laws. >> my in box the last few days have been flooded with cries from one side or the other saying, so and so just gave another million or 10 million to so and so through this group we can't find out anything about them. this race was neck and neck before that money came. >> it's hard to asseshe credibility of a grou if you don't know who is funding them. >> absolutely right. voters use cues when they decide how to vote. they don't necessarily look at the candidates and their positions, what they do is take information shortcuts. among those shortcuts is looking at things like who is contributing money to the various campaigns? so americans who give money but don't disclose, it makes it hard for the voter to say, what side am i on in this? we're deeply divided and yet closely divided. as a result of that, there is a in this election,
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people are getting an awful lot of money because they care leeply how this will turn out, but we're talking a lot of races. the presidtial race are effectively tied, congressesnal races are effectively tied. >> that was the latest one. nancy pelosi talked about the umber of rewomen. this is supposed to be the year of the woman. you have a number of races where the women are competitive in races and they're sort of even, until just this weekend when there was a flood of money that came into these on one side. >> historicall alomen have had difficulty raising money, and this ishathe logic to a group like emily's list, whichehelp women candidate raise money where they certainly can't compete effectively with men. wh you see these outside groups who can effectively write checks. shelly adelson gave a lot of money. we're talking huge impacts of
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money for these races. the race we're talking about now, the challenge with david lee, a lot of people think it's a swing district in the board of supervisors. i think it got a lot of attention in the last week or so because t outside groupse supporting david lee ran an odd campaign video that teyutut on youtube to try togett some attention. able to see e that w. >>chanting ] ten of thousds oftu sdents re forming a mrchai aghnst ag >> so one of the things you see, d obviously the imagery is pr stark just to look atju it, but there are 660,000 television ads, a study came out this morning that showed 660,000 different ads. to cut through that, you have to be somewhat provocative. this reminds me of the demon sheep ad that ran in california
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where she accused her opponent of being a sheep in wolf's clothing, whatever it is. >> in terms of the supervisors, i can't remember very many times when ere's been a commercial -- >> certainly not like this. but the intended is for it to go viral where other people about l pi -- will pick it up and they count on it going viral. there was one similar that got a lot of attention. i think this is darker than that, but it's certainly designed to get attention around the race, and we're talking a million dollars. >> we're going to move on to another two races that are largely, i guess, going to be determined by who wants tomi pu in the most money at the end? >> basically the same story. jerry brown, who is pushing prop 30, which is his sales and income tax increase for education, can't seem to catch a break this week.
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you know, he talked molly munger, the attorneyhe pushing prop 38, pulled an ad she had stopped running against prop 30 pecifically. people called it a murder suicide. her proposition wasn't doing well in the polls so she decide to do put money, instead of advertising hers, into attacking his. just almost as soon as he somehow prevailed upon them or they decidedca to pull that ad f the air, $11 million shows up both to fight prop 30 and to advocate for prop 32idhich is widely seen as a measure to deprive unions of the main financing methods that they have for political activity. it came from out of state from an organization, as youhi mentioned before, called americans for responsible leadership, and they don't have to say a word and they're not saying a word about where that $11 million comes from. >> cjosh, this is legal. >> completely legal.
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>> why does arizona care about what happens in california? >> it may be telling that the head of this organization is a guy named robert graham who is a candidate for arizona republican party chairman. it tellsyou something about the politics involved, obviously. again,here that money actually originated, we don't know, we won't know. and it will make a difference. $11 million spread over two ballot measure campaigns is still a great deal of money, and you'll be seeing those ads very soon, i'm quite ,re. >> how does the erage candidate even get up in the morning to go out to fight for that they n knowing have this -- you ow, this big boulder? >> it's hard, and jerry brown has sort of been countering thde avalanche of money by pounding the pavement, kissing babies -- or actually, college students -- no, he actually didn't kiss any college students but he was visiting college campuses this eek,eerying to build support for the measure basically
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telling them, your tuition is going to go up if you don't help us pass this. he did, in an interview yesterday, say that these $6 billion in trigger cu't that are to occur if his proposition does not pass are not going to be revisited. he's not going to go back and try to do any of those over after election day. >> we never go back to the foundation. we're sort of talking about the icing here, which is the money, but the substance of what brown is. >> exactly. this was actually built into the state budget that was enacted year, and his prop 30 is a 30% sales tax to last four years, and an income tax increase for those making $250,000 m,0e in seven years. that ranged somewhe between 7ew million to 9billion, depending on who you ask. but the flip side of that is
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there are automatic trigger cuts for this thing if it does not pass, because the budget is dependent on it passing and that's going to come directly from education. he said that is going t happen if prop 30 doesn'tg ps. prop 30 is currently polling right around 50%, so it is a nail biter, to be sure. >> obviously the governor has a lot of stake in this. is he actually able to poll death bait? he influential ins. this? is it working? >> it's hard to say. certainly the munger ads that were runn ng against it were influential because it pngled the poll numbers down below 50%, and maybe al little below in some. it's hard for one man, even though he's the governor of california -- >> do we have to use prop 38? >> right, prop 38 is the income tax rate for most californians.
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it's across the board. it would last for 12 years. the sun would set on the end of those 12 years unless it was renewed. and they would raise 10 billion. it would not, by most accounts, so snep this year and raise. >> is munger, is that targeted toward k-12. >> yeah, it is tok-12. that's pothe population he's trying to sell to right now. >> the one with the most votes gets the attention. >> we will vote our entire prgram next friday to the topic of education finance, and you will hear from supporters of both sides of that proposition. we move now to another hot roposition,ro one that's just ot there asking outsideres to come in. because it's all about labeling
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food and there is a big interest group in whether we do that or not. >> proposition 37 would require labeling of any food that's genetically modified. which is a good deal. something like 27% oft' all foo contains some food that is at least modified. california would be the first state of the nation to go this way. union unioncontrol, fascination and the rest of the count country. the yes on 37 says, 's your own business. the yes on 37 say it could be a lot of legal challenges. what i see about the whole thing is, really, it's much more than about a label. yes, i'm a37. people tend to be suspicious of m monsanto, big companies that are
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behind this, that don't necessarily trust the fda, they don't necessarily trust bio technology, where some people in this feels biotechnology is going to be too high in so places. if you have to label something just for california, it's going te be pretty mplicated pretty quickly. >> they aren't asking that the products be made differently, they're just asking to let people know. >> that's a very good point. what that means is you can't have something labeled just for california. >> i've heard, though, that there's some thought that rather than have to break it, some gmo products in some of their foods and that cost will evtually get paid off to skurmds. >> you could be surprised, makes no difference at all.
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it could be you laperred. in that scenario, they would want you to reformulate. and he's with organics or non h gmo, it could lead to divorce. pretty much die verge he not is you're simply changing a label, 2 thousands. what do you gentlemecally. are not to efficiencies in production. genetic modificatn has been done throughout human history. it's been done init the filed, e harmz, pipe owe kreen.
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thisxtract or is unique now. it's different with thatxt is i have. or pesticide resstance. the other thing that's different about it you can rtroduce a speenz from the jean very dirnt than fill it into. >>. >tr and your level of y success spags as to how well regulated of of. she fills there was big-time playing. they're out spending 5 to 6 to
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1. >> so several wee, 2-1 in favor of wethis. it's now 48, 40% in a whole lot closer. so it's fat nagt. what this all means and what we see on o m grocery shelf is something you can develop this little buy. >> well, it was enough for him to do what he needed to do. we're going to take a break from politics and shift to a newake on technology and art. many of us use google seet views to essentially bring maps to life, butoug pickard used it as a lens to view people in communities who often go unnoticed with compelling and sometimes controversial foet graphic audiences.
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>> i'm mong the curse or and
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composing these scenes. >> ironically, rickard said it was the ngcursor that produced rick ety feel. some of the lines sort of skew out because of the fixed angle lens and they're stitching the actual dynamics of the o camera within google emphasized e waye i wanted to speak in these images. >> images that have made their permanent collection of the san diego museum of mdern art. >> i was really blown away by the ork when i saw it right th away. >> she is a curator of photography. he's not the only one that used google street view, but i from this mes at i very sophisticated a very educatedopoint f view. itin resonates much more deeply than some of the other work that i've seen. >> you have this distinct
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feeling, mor of a phaust o mobiastr a feeling ofo decay, and it is real happening. >> rickard's work is new, otoole said, but grounded in the past. their images documented the poor and aeir rce and divisionsir a class. >> h augas h a similarly sort o documentarrpose. it's art b it al has a sort of deep, political message to it. >> this sort of drive-by picture ta is syolic in a way of the anonymous nature of how these people live. even the textures of the images which is almost broken down in terms of the digital artifacts and the pixelation, it feels --
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etic, i thi is the rit word. ofofickrd ighte tt se c2solion. li edecessors, he want to she a lit onthose out ofou view. >> they're visl. they're cordoned offed geographically, they're cordoned off in terms of a voice. they're cordoned off in terms of economic power. >> there is beau but there is also sort of desolation and loanlines >> rickard says he only has to type three letters to delve into ate struggle. ml a massive symbol of hope. where ng him to locate there is little hope. the images need to almost challenge the viewer. almost pvoke him like this.
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>> much of rickard's work is pushing agaist hi past. he grew up i manicedured suburn los gatos. his father wer preacher who idolized america. but rickard's studies showed a different story. >> i studiedes civil rights and slavery, and i was so affected by an american story that was so ywa that i om the had seen our tcountry. i remember just being furious, you know. >> it's that fury and in d indignation that had fueled rickard's work. but since he's not on scene taking the photographs, it became controversial. it can be fascinating work to -- >> this guy says lazy, turgid, pathetic t and entirely uninteresting. it's all over the board. people have commented that i'm not even a photograph. >> of course it's photography.
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i think what doug is doing is looking through google as sort of his .lens. the internet is helping redefine what it means to be a photographer. >> see this? andthen you come righta into here. and there's damage. >> in fact, rickard says, in an ocean of digital imagery, creating something special is becoming more and more difficult, no matter how easy the tools are. >> i think it really boilsindow to what youwn bring to it, you know, that's between your yoes, you know, ultimately. art is about ideas. it's about how you're wiredw ho you're driven, obsessions and what you have to say. and i think that we're in an era of editors in a way. >> what started as an idea in rickard's head in his home studio has spreadton a ongoing international conversation. hisis collection, called "a new american piure"hashamoved
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ew ewond vee bay areand to theo yo rk museum of modern art, the george pompadou center in paris, and as far away as korea and japan. >> things have changed rapidly. photography is being affected. >> rickard is happy to advance the conversation even in a time wher those in the art world, especially in photography, are anxious over the impact of a digital age. >> our tools and our abilities pe sak are being opened up and shifted into new territory. it's a never-ending ocean of potential. >> interesting story. well, that's all for tonight. i want to thank all of you for joining us here this evening. remember to visit you'll find a link there to kqed's oposition guide. please tune in next week at an in-depth look at what's in stake
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for school funding in theop upcoming election. radio's al ebson w will guest host. i'll be back on november 2nd. i'm belva davis. thanks for watching. good night. or
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